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on fri broadcast quality video for your media projects free media oh god r t dot com. as turkish coup plotters get hefty prison sentences crowds exchanged blows with police saying the trial is nothing more than a witch hunt. iran's new president says he wants to build bridges with the west but is the feeling mutual u.k. synopses in order ration as america pushes for tougher sanctions. and american an e.u. activists call for a boycott of the twenty fourteen winter olympics in sochi over a new gay propaganda law in russia we examine the legislation. live from our studio center in moscow this is r.t.
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with the twenty four hours a day clashes have erupted in turkey during the long anticipated reading of the verdict for almost three hundred people accused of plotting to overthrow the government iraqi senior army officers lawyers academics and journalists have been among those in the dock they've been awaiting the routing for five years the court acquitted only twenty one of the defendants while major military figures were handed severe sentences activists media have criticized the trial calling it a witch hunt. has the details now from istanbul. if heard the verdict from main suspects in the case for example the retired former chief of staff has received a life in prison as well as you can say that the majority of the top four of the former top military brass which are on trial in the organic cotton case all of them have received either life sentences or sentences up to hundreds of years old so the head of the workers' party is also looking at one hundred seventeen years in prison as well just to give you a comparison and one of the people who was on trial was
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a known mafia lord who has received ten years in prison where is a known journalist who happens to be an opposition activist as well has received twenty nine years in prison already people in turkey are calling this historic trial but they're saying that this it's important says that it does look like at this point all talk of democratic ideals in the country can be buried pretty much with these sentences and of course because of its importance around four thousand people have taken their time to go to the court which is outside of the main city of istanbul they've got there by buses and they were dispersed at this point it looks like they were disbursed at least twice with water cannons and tear gas as well as we've have. some information that rubber bullets were flying as well turkish authorities have employed unprecedented security measures they have memory and thousands of police in the place when we tried to get there it was impossible
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for us to pass because right only even the sentencing of the verdict the authorities have said that only journalists with turkish media passes will be allowed in there by essentially ruling out the presence of any foreign media if you look at the people who are on trial these are mostly people who are known for their staunch opposition to the prime minister and the ruling party they are the ones who are saying that area and along with the people already are just laying turkey off the path that was set forth by ataturk oldest. a century go on there instead of going towards the democratic ideals and kind of going along the western way they're taking the country in the complete opposite direction swaying it towards islam islam and is the country is not becoming a secular and to see any more you have to understand this is also happening against a backdrop of protests which have happened started in turkey about two months ago and they're essentially still continuing there's almost weekly sort of clashes
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between the protesters and the police the protesters are saying that again. along with his policies is basically defeating democracy in the country and they do not want to see that happening and yet there is a very brutal dispersal of them taking place on an almost weekly basis and water cannons tear gas rubber bullets all of that is happening and this trial a lot of people are saying is that the proverbial straw that may just break the camel's back and bring turkey towards the brink if not a civil war the entire chain of protests which the country could find itself develop. professor. bill can't universe two things an internet campaign by the head of the country's forces is a strange way. general buspar bush who himself said originally that is a bizarre force chief of the general staff if you want to do organize a coup he was in a much better position to do it in charge of the armed forces than with this rather ragtag group of journalists or underworld figures and retired army officers so
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that's always been one of the problems with the plausibility accessions and even the prime minister erdogan originally said that he couldn't really believe that general bush who had been. at the center of a plot he may now change his mind and i think more the problem for the government is that they feel under pressure from the street protests that began in istanbul over the crazy park they also feel under pressure internationally because of the fall of president morsi of egypt who they saw very much as the process areas of new new egyptian version of their own justice and development party in turkey they see the pressure into micio. coming up later the surveillance scandal deepens in germany pressure evolution suggests the country's intelligence is feeding massive amounts of data to the n.s.a. sparking outrage from the public and embarrassing politicians that. injured hundreds triggering. the asteroid that plays its way into russia may be
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part of a family that could be flying towards earth. the era of tough sanctions on iran should be buried in the past that's the message from the country's new president hassan rouhani was elected on a platform promising dialogue with the west in an attempt to end the country's isolation over its nuclear energy program but it transpires not everyone is enthusiastic about the reconciliation drive. reports. iran's new president hassan rouhani is widely seen as a moderate politician particularly significant detail where western leaders are concerned after years of strained diplomatic tensions now in what is seen as an attempt by tehran to ease in that isolation the government had sent out invitations to e.u. countries including britain to attend to be a swearing in ceremony. albeit excluding the u.s.
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and israel now the position was that only tehran a base of diplomats would attend but the u.k. had not sent anyone at all the reason given by the british foreign office is that it does not have an embassy in tehran but this has been criticized by members of the opposition labor party here particularly of the shadow foreign minister douglas alexander who had called this a misjudgment as well as a missed opportunity adding about diplomacy involves meeting with people with whom you disagree now in light of the steps of war that tehran appears to be taking it moving this invitation to european leaders as well as appointing a foreign minister with. positive relations with washington as some are reading it as tehran really wanting to rebuild those relations with the u.s. and europe well we spoke with labor m.p. barry gardiner for more on this the u.k. foreign minister william hague he had said that we will respond in good faith to positive action by iran and improve relations on a step by step basis without remark shouldn't this invitation to attend the
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president's inauguration iraq have been accepted i think it would have been a very good opportunity to say look son rouhani starts with almost a clean sheet as far as we're concerned we want to take him as we find him and it would have been a good opportunity therefore to go to have informal discussions are around the inauguration. and to do some sounding out to the how he was going to behave in office so i think it's an opportunity missed i hope that there are back channel conversations going on that are beginning to try and work out a new relationship with what is after all a new president at the end of the day in this very careful dance between tehran and a western leaders every action and not action will certainly play a part in that equation on where relations are we headed reporting from london i'm tests are sylvia. the number one priority for rouhani now is to loosen the grip
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sanctions have on the country let's see what effect they've had so far while the economy has been dealt a severe blow with swathes of punitive measures from the u.s. and e.u. targeting iran's oil exports trade and also the banking sector in turkey twelve alone iran is thought to have lost at least fifty billion dollars in oil revenues well these financial burdens have seen the price of essential such as bread milk and meat products skyrocket the country's medical institutions are also sounding the alarm saying the measures prevent millions of people from accessing vital drugs it's been. reported that last year six million iranians suffering from multiple sclerosis and council could not get proper medicine well local journalist says that it's too optimistic to expect much change from the new leadership immediately. we have seen a very high rates of inflation something like forty percent based on official feed
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your box according to the consumer price index or to c.p.i. the figure is far more than dads and one of the economic advisers of president was has said that the iranians should not blame rouhani if the prices are drop all. over and november then we have the unemployment rate of twenty eight point three percent which is another problem the administration he's playing saying you know that year was national current c. has fallen over fifty percent since last year so all together i should say that the expectations are very high from president rouhani but she could not revive the economy as fast as many a ring is expanding. although the white house says it will become a willing partner should iran choose to engage on the nuclear issue quite the opposite signals are coming from american lawmakers just days before rouhani is
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inauguration they passed a bill which would see iran's own exports slashed by one million barrels a day or mobb deep from the national iranian american council says america is not interested in cooperation. the fact that they would vote for new sanctions before the new iranian president who has been saying positive things and who is going to himself face so many obstacles for the house of representatives to go forward with this vote demonstrates that this is a chamber dominated by politics instead of pragmatism and is dominated by ideology instead of. an actual desire to resolve the problems that. lay before the united states now the reason that they went forward with this vote was because of immense political pressure from pro sanctions groups and neo conservative and hawkish organizations that are more interested in seeing a war with iran than seeing
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a diplomatic resolution to the nuclear standoff. iran has a well documented rocky relationship with the west but also didn't see eye to eye with some influential states in its own region tensions with saudi arabia came into focus after an incident involving the sudanese president's plane which was heading for tehran for the honeys inauguration but was barred from entering the gulf kingdom's space because you have this reason russia told me earlier how riyadh has its stance towards iran. the saudis are less concerned about iran's relationship with the west and more concerned about how our own relationship with the west back saudi arabia and the economic collapse iranian oil and gas that's on the international market and the more money saudi arabia things but two if the strategic relationship between iran and the united states were to improve then this to you randi it would not be needed by the united. kingdom they are very
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concerned that america and beyond iraq cut saudi arabia out and leave saudi arabia but what does that feel well to discuss iran's new chapter under the new president with rouhani is pretty clear i mean this is yet to be shown so if you. also touched upon tehran's controversial nuclear program and we said that a geisha by the israeli prime minister that iran is pursuing and also around two hundred nuclear warheads now here's what he said. there's iran is going to have two hundred warheads that's what he says yes. but. this is this is something that i've said many times before which is it is not. of nukes to. use it i mean nuclear weapons is that this dirty looseness because it's so twentieth century.
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and the full program will be coming your way in just a couple of hours from now here on we'll be back with more news after this short break stay with the tsotsi live in moscow. americans have long seen latin and south america as part of their geo political backyard stereotypes die hard but new realities on the ground give reason to believe this continent is on the rise and determined to control its own fate regardless of washington's unilateral perceived interests and given the trends should the american people learning spanish. see good laboratory to mccurry was able to build a clue most sophisticated robot which on fortunately doesn't give a darn about anything tunes mission to teach creation why it should care about
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humans in the world this is why you should care only on the dog. you know sometimes you see a story and it seems so you think you understand it and then you glimpse something else you hear or see some other part of it and realize that everything you thought you knew you don't know i'm sorry welcome to the big picture. just ten fifteen minutes past the hour here in the russian capital news continues now and famous russian vodka could soon be hard to find in new york and not because of production troubles activists and some bar owners in the u.s. and europe have called for a boycott outraged by a noodle banning gay propaganda to minus the legislation is being criticized as
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profound discrimination but supporters of the law say it up holds the views of the majority of russians and they thought the latest survey by an independent research organization beloved ascent i'm not always hoff of those who took part in the photo think that homosexuality is a bad habit or. or a perversion while some even believe it could be the result of a mental trauma or indeed an illness and only twelve percent believe that sexuality is just a normal sexual orientation while some people remain undecided now the figures of the same survey interesting enough conducted in one thousand nine hundred eight are almost identical suggesting that the new law hasn't led to an increase in anti gay sentiment here in russia and they said no it investigates. there is. no store only no sochi. dumping russian vodka and calls to boycott the olympic games the l g b t community in the west is furious with the passing of
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a new russian law banning gay propaganda to minors a detail almost never mentioned lot of here putin signed a law and some very strict anti-gay measures these laws are absolutely obscure they're not clear in what they mean or what it will not have a wide ranging gretzky's of being applied everywhere and to everyone and members of the gay community have been attacked and arrested you cannot say that there is massive suppression or missive out against gay people in the streets and that wherever you say that you're gay you will be killed or beaten russian gay activists are taking their case to the european court of human rights and say the war is meant to target specific individuals but see the picture of gay life in russia or from abroad is warped. these pictures being shown and being full of trade just because this little became a symbol of a protest against the suppression of l.g.b.
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community in russia supporters of the law argue it represents the russian majority . if there is a large number of people who believe the lawyers too soft thirty years ago there was criminal punishment for being here if you take examples from some states in the us the relationship is much crudely and strict and this propaganda law was so. it's important to remember this law is about gay propaganda to minors and it will be enforced with fines not criminal punishment russia is still a very traditional conservative country but it wants to hold on to that. this is one of moscow's many gay nightclubs yes it's in a discreet location but it holds three thousand people is packed on the weekends and it's full of foreigners and its owner has asked us not to film on the inside to protect the privacy of its clients but we assure a business if the groom is a happy arriving excitable you know wonderful gay community which is how great
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martin andrews is british openly gay and living in russia for eight years he opposes the law but won't be dumping his russia is dominated by the church in general far more than the u.k. i think if you compare america for example you can't look at san fran los angeles and new york and then look at the middle part of texas and that's what russia is especially moscow you've got the old meets the new and you've got a soviet mindset fused with this capitalist with excising west lifestyle homosexuality is illegal in over seventy countries across the globe so martin asked why russia why do the western media why do people and the west never mention cats off the world cup is coming up the. going crazy about saatchi and lympics i was in such a last week filming there's a gay community there there's a great dane semen but the west has a be and it's on it regarding russia politically. right not to give anything away
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r.t. moscow. well let's have a look at the facts and myths about the gay propaganda law here in russia statement number one being gay is a crime now in the country well that is false the crime is promoting non traditional sexual relations to children nontraditional is defined as acts that can't produce children a second can you be arrested under this new norm well yes you can if the police suspect you of promoting homosexuality to children and you can get a prison sentence for breaking this law well this is not true individuals can be made to pay a fine of up to one thousand five hundred dollars or organizations thirty thousand dollars and if you're a foreigner you can be deported the days you read more about this sort of website right now also online for the moment a shoulder to cry on could open as the first robot heading into space scientists
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think he could help lonely astronauts through trying times of isolation go online for war videos of this little chap. and played by twits the social media company twitter has introduced a new button and allows users to report online abuse as soon as it happens details and altie dot com. six months of the hunger strike. still open and still angry. special coverage on august sixth. the mayhem spot by a massive meteor that smashed into russia's urals earlier this year could well happen again remember this. and this spring. but truly devastating as it was total towards earth unnoticed no
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still exists it may not have been flowing solos from the school but it was part of a group of asteroids that still pose a threat to. lindsay front's explains it may be hard to believe that an eleven thousand ton eighteen meter across meteor made its way to earth undetected but that's exactly what happened which is why scientists are leaving no stone unturned even in space now to figure out how the chelyabinsk meteorite made it to earth scientists ran billions of orbital simulations and came up with the apollo asteroid family that may sound a bit intimidating because it is it's a two hundred metre wide cluster of rocks that according to scientists broke up around forty thousand years ago now it's still at large it's our it's orbiting around the sun now to find out if it is actually the parents cluster of the chelyabinsk meteorite scientists would need to then to send a tool to the asteroid and take
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a core sample that's not going to happen any time soon the cost is extreme although if this cluster of meteorites any one of those fragments does show itself to be on a collision course with earth you can bet that action of some sort will be taken until then this cluster of asteroids is still under observation to make sure that something like chelyabinsk does not happen any time soon. german intelligence is sharing large swathes of telecommunications data with the u.s. according to latest revelations published in dish spiegel magazine documents provided by whistleblower edward snowden show that the degree of surveillance corporation between berlin and washington is higher than officials would like to admit these are all of a brings us the story now from the german capital. what the these internal communications that have been leaked by edward snowden show is a rather cozy relationship between the national security agency and the german foreign intelligence agency the b n d now a lot of these documents in the latest article in the. deal with
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a monitoring station that was based in the very end what we've seen that's come out from these documents of just how much data was being collected and then passed on to their american allies american partners in this system it's quite outstanding really in december of last year alone there were five hundred million pieces of metal data collected from this from this monitoring station there does seem quite evident from the said these cables that have come out these internal memos in the fact of just how much data was being collated and. distributed between the two agencies that this certainly was a very close relationship you couple out with one of these leaked documents from a couple of weeks ago where which referred to the head of the b n d as both showing an eagerness and desire to help the n.s.a. and it certainly seems that the two agencies were working incredibly closely indeed
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now in response to this we've seen demonstrations on the streets of berlin as well as many other cities around. the country people saying well just they need it coming up people coming out in support of edward snowden in support of bradley manning basically saying that the this must stop and if germany was involved if it turns out that the b. and b. were involved in spying on its own people that they they must be brought to book for that now we have seen something of an attempt at face saving from the german government so we have an election coming up here in the end of september and of course this is all absolute golden information to the opposition leaders if you hear them campaigning they're saying well. really want to trust those guys that they helped the americans it seems look into your into your private details but in terms of the german people well there is shock in and outrage at times of just how much they were spied on and how much their country seems to have helped that spying
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take place now for some other global news in brief in a world update that egypt's military government has indicated it is willing to. in order to end the political stalemate gripping egypt since the sting of president morsi last month the army offered to free up positions in the new government for members of the party release some jailed members of the movement and unfreeze its assets in my members of the brotherhood visited in jail by diplomats have called for president morsi as reinstatement as the first step to talks. radioactive waters and leaking into the pacific ocean from the fukushima nuclear reactor in japan a leak began a month ago but the contamination has only now flowed beyond a protective barrier is the product of tons of water dumped into the deep reacted to the planned nuclear regulatory authority has warned that it's facing an emergency if the leak is not contained. also the world
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update this hour powerful car bomb has killed at least six people and we have more than thirty in the southern philippines city of quote about it the device went off during russia leaving victims bloodied and causing damage to nearby buildings still the local official may have been the target of the attack religious tension is on the increase and mixed muslim catholic city with previous bombings having been carried out by a local militant muslim group. and we have some graphic footage of male accompanying unverified reports that in syria militants from the islamist al nusra front of massacred four hundred fifty kurdish civilians near the border with turkey and already news channel claims one hundred twenty children were among those killed were not the government nor the opposition have confirmed the reports two hundred kurds are being held hostage by islamists who've also laid siege to a village in the area on carter affiliated militias have been trying to take control of the kurdish populated region for weeks sparking fierce resistance from
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the locals. as we say thought is and i'm very fond report at this stage with the very fine video footage now stay with us for the latest updates of those crossed over that is coming up next and more news for you in just a half an hour from now. while revolutions in the middle east should get a great deal of coverage what you don't mix a lot of sense revolutions or exciting t.v. peaceful protests or nice but footage of moloch tough cocktails flying and crazed crowds of local middle easterners really grab attention so there's a logical natural reason why some protest movements get
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a lot of coverage in the mainstream media well others kind of adult please forgive me for being conspiratorial but there is one revolution going down which does have all the exciting visuals of the arab spring but just doesn't get any of the mainstream coverage in fact unarmed people in this country recently stormed the parliament trapping ministers and lawmakers with that they held them down for eight hours demanding the government resign until police with shields smash their way through creating a narrow corridor through which the officials could escape now that sounds like exciting and visual news but why did you hear about it all over the mainstream press that's because it didn't happen in libya or egypt or any other exotic country but in good old boag area right in the e.u. where u.s. and e.u. interests are best served by the status quo being maintained there is no need to hype up an intervention or kinetic action in bulgaria the only time you ever hear about the need for a crackdown in bulgaria is when a government there actually started working in bulgaria own interests and not the us used to.

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